Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services, today announced an important strategic step to sharpen its U.S. Care Coordination profile with the signing of a definitive agreement to divest its controlling interest in Sound Inpatient Physicians Holdings, LLC (Sound) to an investment consortium led by Summit Partners (Summit), for total transaction proceeds of $2.15 billion (EUR 1.76 billion1). Sound is a physician organization providing services across the acute episode of care – through emergency medicine, critical care, hospital medicine, transitional care and advisory services (www.soundphysicians.com).

To gain a deeper understanding and expertise on the highly efficient coordination of patients while improving the quality outcomes and reducing total cost to the health care system at the same time, Fresenius Medical Care invested to become majority shareholder in Sound in 2014. In the same year, Sound expanded its footprint with the acquisition of Cogent Healthcare, Inc. Due to the participation in the major value-based program BPCI (Bundled Payments for Care Improvement) focusing on improving quality while lowering costs, Fresenius Medical Care was able to learn and significantly broaden its experience in value-based care programs in the U.S.

In 2017, Sound generated revenues of around EUR 1.25 billion and EBIT of around EUR 90 million with 3,500 employees.

“In the previous years we have gained insight and successfully applied the knowledge on efficient patient coordination and on value-based programs in our unit called Fresenius Health Partners where we run the ESCOs, our own Medicare Advantage plan and various sub-capitated arrangements. This was an important milestone in the execution of our Care Coordination strategy,” said Rice Powell, Chief Executive Officer of Fresenius Medical Care. “As we are now very well positioned in the U.S. to ensure high quality outcomes for our dialysis patients in a health care system that is moving towards value-based care, we are enabled to divest Sound and release the invested capital for further focused growth investments to add value for our shareholders.”

“The acquisition by Summit provides Sound with the opportunity to expand its existing service lines in a rapidly changing market and tap into new areas. This is a great chance for Sound’s employees to be part of this next development step,” said Bill Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America.

The divestment is expected to generate a pre-tax book gain for Fresenius Medical Care of approximately EUR 800 million1,2. Closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and anticipated late in 2018.

The financial targets for 2018 and 2020 do not include the effects of this divesture or the planned acquisition of NxStage Medical, Inc.

1 EUR/USD 1.22
2 Based on the company’s latest available valuation of the North American business segment